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Membership Information

Our team offers the following seasonal registration options.  Specific dates will vary from season to season.

Short Course Season
Runs from early September through to the championship meets in March.
Registration options offered:

  • Full short course season (early September - early March)
  • Late start (end of October - early March)
  • Boys pre-season training for high school swimmers
  • Girls post-season training for high school swimmers

Long Course Season
Runs from early April through to the championship meets in July/August.
Registration options offered:

  • Full long course season (early April - late July)
  • Spring only (early April - early June)
  • Summer only (early June - late July)

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The NASA age group swimming program is divided into several levels - Developmental, Cubs, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Junior Wildcats - each of which focuses on teaching skills and strategies that are appropriate for that ability level. Swimmers will be placed on teams at the evaluation sessions.

Developmental Teams (approx. age: 6-10)
• Must be able to swim 50 yards Freestyle and 50 yards Backstroke
• Season goal: Swim 50 yards each of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly kick; dive

Cubs (approx. age: 7-11)
• Must be able to swim 100 yds. Freestyle, 100 yards Backstroke, 50 yards Breaststroke, and 50 yards Butterfly
• Goal: Improve stroke technique; build fitness level; train with intervals; swim in 2-3 meets

Bronze
(approx. age: 8-12)
• Must be able to swim 200 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and I.M., as well as 100 Butterfly.
• Goal: Improve stroke technique; build fitness level; swim in 3+ meets

Silver (approx. 9-13)
• Must have at least two years of competitive swimming experience; must be able to swim over 200 yards of each stroke and 200 I.M.
• Goal: Polish stroke technique, focus on endurance, and swim in 4+ meets

Gold (approx. 10-14)
• Must be able to complete 3,000-5,000 yard practices and have high commitment to competitive swimming
• Goal: Focus on long-term swimming improvement and swim in 5+ meets

Junior Wildcat (11-14)
• Must be able to complete 5,000-7,000 yard practices with dryland training and have high commitment to competitive swimming
• Goal: Qualify for Championship Meets and Zones; be the top swimmers in Illinois

Wildcat (High school swimmers only)
• Must be able to complete 7,000 yard practice with dryland training
• Goal: Improve high school swimming; prepare for collegiate swimming; qualify for Sectionals/Nationals

Commitment to the NASA Team
NASA offers 5-8 practices per week depending on the level of the team. Swimmers are not required to attend every practice, but regular attendance will reinforce skills and help to build endurance in the water. The coaching staff encourages swimmers to attend practice as often as they are able, particularly if they expect to swim well at meets. It is our hope that swimmers will enjoy practice and want to attend, especially as they become more competitive and confident about their swimming abilities.